About the Dorks

Just who are these dorks who endeavour to bring you all the latest news and reviews from around Toronto and beyond?

Editor Dorks

Will Perkins

Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief. An avid filmgoer and die-hard gamer, Will has been writing about film and video games in various capacities for most of his adult life. He co-founded DorkShelf.com with Jeff Brown and Lucas Rizoli over beer & bruschetta in 2009. Email - will@dorkshelf.com


Andrew Parker

Film Editor - Andrew Parker writes for numerous blogs and publications, including Notes From the Toronto Underground and his more personal pop-culture blog, I Can't Get Laid in This Town. He is also the curator of the Defending the Indefensible series. Email - andrew@dorkshelf.com


Emily Claire Afan

Games Editor - Emily comes to Dork Shelf with ten years of journalism experience, specializing in games and interactive industry coverage. She’s a member of the IGDA Toronto steering committee, has made two games at the Toronto Independent Game Jam and proudly owns a well-worn Katamari Damacy t-shirt. Catch her on Twitter whining that no one ever catches her Simpsons references and occasionally talking about how she has all (yes, all) the floors in Tiny Tower. Email - emily@dorkshelf.com


Nicole Rodrigues

Comics Editor - Nerd. Girl. Writer. Photographer. Nicole Rodrigues is a lifelong Dork of all Trades but she loves her weeklies most. After creating Nerd Girl Pinups, she's gone on to write reviews for the Silver Snail, C&G Magazine and her personal blog. You can call her Fred if you really want to, especially on Twitter. Email - nicole@dorkshelf.com


Jonathan Ore

Associate Editor - Jonathan has considerable Dork Cred in video games and Shakespeare, and acceptable Dork Cred in comic books, anime, whiskey and fantasy literature. He's also an associate producer at the CBCNews.ca Community page. Email: jonathan@dorkshelf.com

Contributing Dorks

Zack Kotzer

This hopeless weirdo is a bit of a culture addict, given an NES and Bubble Bobble at a young age all going downhill from there. Zack is the assistant editor of Canadian culture mag, Steel Bananas as well as a contributing writer to the SPACE Channel, Newsarama and Torontoist. Zack is also working on a new safe haven for nerds called Giygas, though a word of warning, if you ask him about it, he will tell with gusto. Email - zack@dorkshelf.com


Noah Taylor

When Star Wars Episode I came out, the co-founder of this site and I went to Zellers at lunchtime to buy the new toys. We were 15 then and are slightly cooler now. I’ve probably seen more movies than you, my favourites range from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to Armageddon. One time some guy called me a “hipster” so I threw my walkman at him.


Jessica Lewis

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Thomas Drance

Thomas Drance is a Toronto-based communications professional and freelance writer. He's a hockey-stats dork who enjoys pretending to be a mysterious retired Russian hockey player on Twitter. At Dork Shelf he reviews television, video games and films on a rather infrequent basis. In real life he sings tenor, and is a passionate consumer of hot-sauce.


Phil Brown

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Sam Maggs

Sam Maggs masquerades by day as a Talent Coordinator for TV and radio in Toronto, but her (not-so) secret identity is actually that of super-nerd-girl! Her geekiest passions include sci-fi TV, graphic novels, Victoriana, dystopian YA lit, Harry Potter, and anything written by Aaron Sorkin. Sam’s parents saw Star Wars: A New Hope twenty-four times in theatres when it first came out, so it’s really not her fault that she turned out the way she did. Sam also contributes articles for CBC Live, The Televixen, and TdotComics, You can find her on Twitter @SamMaggs, if you're into that sort of thing.


Brandon Bastaldo

Brandon Bastaldo is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto's English and Cinema Studies programs. A life long comic book reader, film watcher, and fashion enthusiast, he feels luckier than ever to be reading, writing, and wearing the things he loves. Read his latest thoughts on his blog or here on dorkshelf.com.


Eric Weiss

Eric is a Toronto-based writer, gamer, and general appreciator of geek culture.



Elena Lowe

Elena Lowe is a professional by day and a pop culture addict by…well, also by day, but also by night. She was raised by the warm, nurturing glow of television (she literally learned English by watching X-Men and Scooby Doo), so it’s not so surprising that she’s now writing for Dork Shelf’s TV section. Her current obsessions include Parks and Recreation, Broad City, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Orphan Black, and more reality shows than you can count (tell no one). She can be found on Twitter professing her love for her platonic soul mate, Amy Poehler.


Alex James

Alex James is a freelance writer who can sometimes be found on stages across Toronto and the world fronting his two-man alt-nerd-folk-rock-comedy duo Nerds With Guitars where he only sometimes writes about comic characters.


Will Sloan

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Alex Hayter

Born in New Brunswick, raised in North England and incubated on the Internet, Alex is a Toronto-based tea drinker who works in video game marketing. At some point he got a Master's and wrote his thesis about video games that let you roleplay as human rights abusers. Alex works at educational games and technology studio Spongelab and is community manager of IGDA Toronto.


Ian MacIntyre

Ian MacIntyre is a Toronto-based writer, actor, and comedian who performs regularly as part of the Sketchersons and Approximately 3 Peters. He also enjoys sushi but hates prepared seafood, making him the worst East Coaster ever. More info at ianmac.ca.


Brian Crosby

Brian has written for television shows This Hour Has 22 Minutes and The Royal Canadian Air Farce. He’s a big fan of Pixar movies and was personally slighted by Cars. Read his pretty funny blog Brinews.net.


Wesley Fok

Fun facts about Wesley's video game history: in his youth he used to run a news site about the PC game Descent, and he once wrote a web application just to keep track of all the used cars you could buy in Gran Turismo 4. He has written in the past for the Globe and Mail, snaps concert photos in his spare time, and occasionally throws up esoteric screeds about Shin Megami Tensei games at his gaming blog.


Adam Sioui

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Matt Demers

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Corey Atad

Corey is a Toronto-based writer who enjoys such wonderful activities as procrastinating and sleeping. When he's not doing those things (and sometimes even when he is) he fills his time with as many movies and TV shows as possible. He's also got his own personal blog with a cheesy pun for a title: justAtad.


Sasha James

Sasha writes about film, television, and theatre for Dork Shelf. She can also be found on her website, SashaJames.com, and on Twitter (@ThatSashaJames) live-tweeting whatever BBC production is on her television.


James Farrington

James is a writer/poet/critic with a passion for (and possibly an obsession with) video games. As much as he loves discussing the joys of playing games, James is also interested in exploring gaming as an art form that is influenced by (and simultaneously influences) dominant cultural norms. Beyond video games and writing James spends his time watching films and cheesy sci-fi television shows. James writes articles and game reviews for Dork Shelf and Extremegamer.ca.


Jeff Brown

Founder and co-host of the Geek Nerd Dork Podcast. Email - jeff@dorkshelf.com


Gavin Stephens

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Shelagh Rowan-Legg

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Kathleen Corrigan

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Joel Minty

I'm a huge supporter of myself and the things I do. I also like grammar and language mumbo-jumbo, video games, rock tunes, fantasy novels and Futurama. Since it's Dork Shelf, I guess I gotta post something to PROVE MY DORK CRED: At the time of this bio write up, I was sitting 4th out of 66488 trivia junkies on the fb Futurama fan page. I'm a Greater God at 72460 points, (27540 points till next level) Dork!


Rajiv Joshi

Recently moved back to Toronto after a year in the United Kingdom, Rajiv is once again and ready to attack anything “fan boy” related. Current weakness: Monopoly iPhone app set to highest difficulty with the “auction” function turned on. Not for the faint of heart fellow lads and ladies..."


Sarrah Young

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Chris Hanney

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Alan Jones

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Jesse Ouimet

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